THURSDAY , 13 APRIL 2006 .

EASTER RISING 1916-2006 : 90th Anniversary Events organised by the Republican Movement

Easter Sunday , 16 April 2006 : Deansgrange Cemetery , Dublin , 1 pm . Assemble at Cemetery gates and march to Republican Plot .
Easter Monday , 17 April 2006 : Assemble Garden of Remembrance , Parnell Square , Dublin , 2 pm . March to GPO .
National 90th Anniversary Rally , Saturday , 22nd April 2006 : Assemble Garden of Remembrance , 2pm .
Musical Night , Saturday 22nd April 2006 : ‘Saints and Sinners’ pub , North King Street , Dublin . Doors open 8.30pm . Admission EURO 10 .
“Damn your concessions , England . We want our country!”

Fifteen years ago , the leadership of the ‘Official Republican Movement’ (now ‘The Workers’ Party’) stated that their armed wing , the ‘Official IRA’ , went out of existence .
Today , the ‘Official IRA’ is alive and well and living mainly in Belfast and Newry . In the days when both organisations were operating in an overt way , the leadership of ‘The Workers’ Party’ and the ‘Official IRA’ overlapped to a certain degree .
Tomas MacGiolla , the man who led the ‘Official IRA’ for the last twenty-five years has always maintained the position that the ‘Official IRA’ went out of existence in 1972 . But the ‘Official IRA’ still march on , not an army fighting the British , but as a fund-collecting agency .
DEREK DUNNE traces the roots of the ‘Official IRA’ and ‘The Workers’ Party’ .
From ‘IN DUBLIN’ magazine , October 1987 .

Tomas MacGiolla took his organisation through some extraordinary changes in the quarter of a century that he was President : he was elected President of Sinn Fein without opposition in 1962 , and recently announced his imminent departure from the Presidency of the Workers’ Party .

He presided over a party which had changed its name and its policies on a number of occasions , and has given the party a clean image * in the South at any rate . (‘1169…’ Comment : * …..a ‘cleaner’ image with some , perhaps : but never a ‘clean’ image.) His party came through the sixties with its sister , the IRA , and emerged into the 1980’s to take seats in Leinster House .

It is arguable that it was time for Tomas MacGiolla to go , that he could bring the party no further , and that it was time for a younger man to take over . The party has always maintained that the Official IRA went out of existence in 1972 , after a ceasefire was called …….

From ‘MAGILL’ magazine , February 1998 .
By Ursula Halligan.

State Justice Minister John O’ Donoghue has received the garda report he ordered six months ago into claims by Sean O ‘ Callaghan , the IRA informer , that he murdered another IRA informer , John Corcoran , in 1985 . A spokesman said the minister received the report last week .

However , ‘Magill’ has learned that the gardai only contacted Sean O’ Callaghan for the first time on Monday 19 January and that , at the time of going to press , he has still not been questioned by gardai . Following controversy early last year about the failure of the gardai to question Sean O’ Callaghan about his role in the murder , the then opposition Fianna Fail spokesman , John O’ Donoghue , promised to have the matter fully investigated on the party’s return to power .

Two months ago , on December 8 (1997) , a spokesman for the minister told ‘Magill’ that the minister had sought a full report on the case from the garda authorities within weeks of coming into office and that a report was “…imminent……. ”

This is the bulk of a public lecture given at University College , Galway , by Sinn Fein Ard Comhairle member and Deputy General Secretary of the ‘Local Government and Public Services Union’ , Phil Flynn , on December 8th 1982 , the 60th Anniversary of the Free State’s execution of Liam Mellows .
First published in ‘IRIS’ magazine , March 1983 .

” (F) . Cardinal Mercier : As an offset to their Lordships , a fine pamphlet on the example set for Ireland by Cardinal Mercier – his acts and his words – could be written .

(G). South Africa : The danger to Ireland of the Irish allowing their work to be patterned on the example of South Africa . After the Treaty of Veer and later formation of United South Africa (all Boers still saying they were republicans at heart) the real republicans found an obstacle stood between them and the British – their own . Parallel with Ireland , Smuts and Botha , Collins and Griffith , Cathal Brugha , De Wet etc ., ‘five years’ fallacy of Free State Republic .

4. Courts : Except for the Supreme Court , the Republican Courts should be maintained . Nothing conveyed the proof in America of the existence of the Republic so much as the establishment of the Courts .

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A mother of three (and a Granny!) and a political activist , living in Dublin , Ireland.
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